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December 12, 2012  | by: Jara Montez

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Over the past two years, music genre lines have been blurred, as artists continuously strattle the once anchored categories. Crossover hits have become increasingly popular, and singers are more inclined to test the waters and try new sounds. Artists like Beyonce, Usher, and most notably, Nicki Minaj have made successful songs across all genres, despite initially starting in their respective lane. 

On Tuesday, we got wind of two more musicians dipping their hands into a new cookie jar, this time, rappers and rock. Two of Atlanta’s most well-know rappers, B.oB. and Big Boi of Outkast are making waves with their new albums and plans.

B.o.B delved into his ideas of a rock themed EP with MTV on Friday. Apparently, he’s got a band (did anyone know that?), and he claims that it “is a real good canvas for me to paint on.” So, B.oB and rock? How successful do we think this will be?

I mean, he has a band and he is a guitarist, so it’s not like he’s arbitrarily picking up a new talent (à la Chris Brown and rapping). In addition, his arguably most popular song, “Airplanes” was a collaboration with rock princess, Hayley Williams of Paramore.

In the same line of things, Big Boi’s album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors was released Tuesday. There were expected songs with rappers like T.I., Ludacris, and A$AP Rocky, but what might come as a surprise are his collaborations with artists like Phantogram, who lends ethereal vocals to “Lines,” and Swedish-electronic band Little Dragon. It’s also interesting to note Big Boi’s almost vulnerable lyrics on “She Hates Me”, featuring crooning from the alternative hip-hop maven himself, Kid Cudi.

The new era of this quasi-genre/make up your own lane seems to be working fairly well for everyone that’s tried it, and continues to use it. Drake, known mostly for his raps, showcased his R&B singing skills on Take Care and Taylor Swift has managed to transition from cute country, to edgy pop. Is it time to eradicate the labels? Because after all, at the end of the day, it’s all just music.

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